Top 10 Underrated Novels You Should Read

ThePianoTuner-Cover-CindyFazziPicHave you ever read a great book, only to find out that none of your friends have heard of it? Oprah will probably never recommend the book and Ron Howard will certainly not turn it into a film. In other words, your great discovery is underrated.

It’s frustrating to see great books wilt under the overgrown shade of overrated best-sellers. For every book that has sold a million copies, there are dozens of underrated books that barely caught the attention of the reading public. I would like to shine a light on some of them.

Underrated Literary Novels

All of the novels listed below are literary. “Origin” and “The Goodlife” are also considered suspense. “Kapitoil” and “Personal Days” have two things in common. They are set in a New York workplace and they are both hilarious. I’m partial to historical fiction—five out of these 10 books are historical novels.

These books received great reviews when they were first released and they deserve a wider audience. If you like literary fiction, you should check them out.

#1 The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason, Vintage, 2003

#2 The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti, Random House, 2009

# 3 Origin by Diana Abu Jaber, Norton, 2007

#4 Kapitoil by Teddy Wayne, HarperCollins, 2010

#5 Personal Days by Ed Park, Random House, 2008

#6 The Cradle by Patrick Sommervile, Little, Brown & Co., 2010

# 7 Woodsburner by John Pipkin, Knopf Doubleday, 2010

# 8 The Goodlife by Keith Scribner, Penguin Group, 2000

# 9 The Typist by Michael Knight, Grove/Atlantic, 2011

#10 The Promise by Ann Weisgarber, Skyhorse Publishing, 2014

Leave a comment


  1. Cindy-Just thought your followers might be interested to know that THE PROMISE by Ann Weisgarber is the 2015 Gulf Coast Reads selection for October. Libraries across southeast Texas will be promoting this title in our “one book, one region” read, which also features author visits, book discussions and programming for all ages to complement the themes in the book. 2015 is the 115th anniversary of the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900, in which this book is set. For more information about THE PROMISE and Gulf Coast Reads, please visit: Thank you for including this wonderful book on your list!

    • Hi Elaine. I love “The Promise” and I’m glad you chose it for the month of October. I will be checking out your Web site. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  1. The Mother of All Lists: Top 5 Blog Posts about Lists | Cindy Fazzi
  2. Embrace Your Inner Anglophile: Top 10 British Novels | Cindy Fazzi

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: